King Lear

September 9

October 9, 2014

in CST's Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
directed by Barbara Gaines

Highly recommended... Larry Yando should, by any reckoning, be an internationally renowned star

Chicago Sun-Times

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The Play

A wrenching story of love, loss, endurance and reconciliation, King Lear has fascinated audiences for more than 400 years, and stands as Shakespeare's most towering achievement. An aging monarch obscured by the shadows of dementia resolves to retire and divides his kingdom among his three daughters. The unexpected consequence of losing everything that defines him is shattering—a reminder that even the most powerful among us can be undone. The brilliantly versatile actor Larry Yando takes on the monumental title role, marking his twenty-third production with Chicago Shakespeare.



Gallery: King Lear

Video: King Lear Montage

Audio: Pre•amble by Carla Della Gatta October 4, 2014


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The Story

An aging king chooses to abdicate and divide the kingdom between his three daughters--their shares determined by their depth of devotion.
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Critical Acclaim

Audiences and critics alike are enthralled by this towering Shakespearean achievement. Read what they are saying about King Lear.
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Open Door Programs

This free series of audience enrichment programs offers introductory and in-depth studies of ideas embodied in the play.
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The Players

Creative Team

Barbara Gaines Director

Mark Bailey Scenic and Costume Designer

Michael Gend Lighting Designer

Lindsay Jones Original Music and Sound Designer

Melissa Veal Wig and Make-up Designer

 Fight Choreographer


Lance Baker Duke of Cornwall

John Byrnes Duke of Burgundy

Christopher Chmelik King of France

Jessiee Datino Regan

Nehassaiu deGannes Cordelia

Fred Geyer Oswald

Kevin Gudahl Kent

Steve Haggard Edgar

Nathan M. Hosner Duke of Albany

Bianca LaVerne Jones Goneril

Ross Lehman Fool

Michael Aaron Lindner Gloucester

David Lively Old Man

Jesse Luken Edmund

Evan Michalic Soldier

Alex Moerer Soldier

Richard Pizarro Soldier

Wesley Scott Soldier

Larry Yando King Lear

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